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This phone should have been knighted by now!
Nokia N95 8GB
Member Name: Swarfega
Nokia N95 8GB
Date: 03/07/11, updated on 03/07/11 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Dependable, hard working and a massive memory that most won't even touch
Disadvantages: Symbian operating system not the greatest, dust can gather in the slider cracks
My N95 8gb sits forlornly on the desk next to the printer that only prints in red. I'm sure it thinks that its now relegated to the furthest recesses of my memory. How wrong it could be!
There's a reason I haven't decided to cash in with all those "send us your mobile!" type places. It can still reach a nice price on auction sites too, so that in itself is a ringing (ha) endorsement.
I figured I needed to keep a spare phone in case my new upgrade broke, which showed how much faith I had in my new phone!
Spec-wise its got a great array of abilities and still stands up well next to the more modern generation of smart phones.
WiFi, bluetooth and gps all work wonderfully and connect to anytihng you need them to, simple as that really.
The camera is great for a phone this age. 5mp Karl Zeiss lens does what you need it to, plus there's obviously all the myriad of options to alter the image as you please.
The phone is a slider - that is to say the front of it slides up (and infact down too) to reveal the phone's keypad. And what is nice is that it's a proper, physical keypad (something I do miss with all these touch screens). So, yes it's a double slider - but frankly sliding it down will reveal a panel of media player buttons which in all reality you'll rarely use.
Size-wise - it's a beefy one. Well more thick than anything, so compare it to the thin smartphones and you'll get a shock, but its chunkiness isn't necessarily a downside, it certainly doens't feel overly delicate for example.
The great thing about this phone is it's hard disk size. 8gb!! It takes a lot of photos, music, txts etc to even make a dent in all that. I will recommend though that you do a periodic spring clean of your SMS messages. Deleting them can be a bit laborious, but don't let them amass as it'll slow that bit of your phone down badly. Eg, don't let get much more than 1000-1500 messages linger.
Phonecalls are a breeze too. While I know that we are at the mercy of our respective phone companies in terms of what our signal is like - I do have to say I was never the first to 'drop-out'. I've taken this phone all over the place and never had a problem with reception apart from while in my Mother's front room where the new double glazing appears to have been made out of lead.
As with many smartphones, battery life is the weak link. But again, as with most smartphones, just make sure you have your charger nearby. That said, it should last a good couple of days on normal usage.
The Symbian operating system might not be everyone's cup of tea. And it's not as good a phone at internet type things as the iPhone, HTC, Samsung touch screen phones are. However, manage your expectations and your online experience will be fine as long as you stick to the basics.
I love this phone. It's been all over the world with me. It has the battle scars of a well used and loved phone.
So sure, it lies there next to the rebellious printer. But that's because I love it so. This little chunky monkey isn't going anywhere.
Summary: Brilliant phone - cheap to pick up and does most things all new smartphones are able to do.
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